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Johannes V. Jensen

Johannes V. Jensen (1873–1950), often considered to be the first great Danish writer of the twentieth century, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1944. His masterpiece Kongens Fald (The Fall of the King, 1933), a modern historical novel, was followed by Digte 1906 (Poems 1906), which introduced the prose poem into Danish literature. Jensen traveled extensively; a trip to the United States inspired his famous poem “Paa Memphis Station.”